[Provocateurs] THIS FRI AT PERKINS: PROF BRIAN THOMAS: HOW TO SNIFF OUT THE PSEUDO IN PSEUDO-SCIENCE

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THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 8, IS THE 2ND FRI OF THE MONTH ... AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS:
IT'S TOPIC NIGHT AT PROVOCATEURS & PEACEMAKERS
7 P.M. PERKINS:  PROF. BRIAN THOMAS, BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:
HOW TO SNIFF OUT THE PSEUDO 
IN PSEUDO-SCIENCE

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/ProvocateursAndPeacemakers/events/55123282/  (It helps us know how to set up)

Come refine your sense of smell, for those times you’re confronted with:
  • Controversial journal papers
  • Climate change
  • Intelligent Design
  • Homeopathy
  • Vertebral Subluxations in Chiropractic
  • Ufology
  • Magnetic therapy
  • Pseudo-archaeology

Professor Thomas says:

"Good science, bad science, pseudoscience and just plain crazy — How can you tell the difference? It's not always clear, but fortunately there are general principles and 'red flags' that can help us distinguish claims based on solid evidence from those based on little or no evidence. I will discuss the differences between good and bad science, give some guidelines on how to distinguish between them, and then lead the group through some examples that can help us learn to apply those principles."

Is it possible to be too skeptical? What about the claim by Republican Presidential candidates that evolution is “just a theory”? Or that the data is not yet good enough to tell us whether the world’s climate is warming, or whether it’s due to human activity, or whether it's having noticeable effects?
What criteria do you use to decide what’s science and what’s not?
RSVP early to reserve your seat.

The conversation continues afterward at Callahan’s or The Green Mill.

Fred Heeren
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